Two climbers plunge to deaths in Alps

Two climbers fell to their deaths in the German alps over the weekend, in separate incidents.

Two climbers plunge to deaths in Alps
The Pidinger Klettersteig in Berechtesgaden, Bavaria. Photo: DPA

A 71-year-old man from Hesse was killed in the Allgäu Alps while making the ascent from Kühgundkopf to Iseler Berg on the German-Austrian border, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday.

His 75-year-old sister, who had been walking with him, heard him trip behind her but was unable to stop him falling 150 metres down the craggy mountainside, wrote the paper.

A 28-year-old woman was also killed on Sunday after falling 200 metres in a separate incident in the Bavarian Alps. She had been climbing with her partner without a safety harness on the challenging Pidinger Klettersteig route in Berechtesgaden, said the Bavarian Red Cross in a statement.

Her partner managed to climb down into the ravine where she had fallen, but it was too late – the call-out emergency doctor estimated she had been killed instantly.  

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